Free agent RB Collins undergoes leg surgery

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Free agent running back Alex Collns is recovering from surgery for a broken leg, delaying his opportunity to catch on with a team before the start of the NFL season.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the injury took place about two weeks ago but it's unknown how the injury occurred. In an Instagram post on Monday night, Collins said he isn't giving up on resuming his NFL career.

"I refuse to be discouraged," wrote Collins, who most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens. "Instead, I have faith and am optimistic about the process. I believe that all that has happened is making me physically and emotionally stronger, and is necessary for me to succeed in life."

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Seattle drafted Collins in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he appeared in 11 games for the Seahawks that year, carrying the ball 31 times.

He joined the Ravens a year later, leading the team in rushing yards (973) and yards from scrimmage (1,160). He shared the duties with Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon in 2018, and scored eight touchdowns and gained 411 rushing yards before ending the season on injured reserve with a foot injury.

The Ravens waived Collins in March after he was arrested following a car accident near the team's headquarters. He was charged with possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana, intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a handgun in a vehicle.

Rapoport reported that with Collins' legal case close to settled, teams had expressed interest and he was expected to play in 2019.

--Field Level Media

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